- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona State University is among 24 colleges and universities nationwide getting a total of $75 million of grants being awarded by the federal Education Department to foster innovation in college value and efficiency.

Arizona State’s grant is for just under $4 million.

Jeanne Wilcox is associate dean of the university’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. She says the grant money will be used partly to develop new degrees through which students demonstrate competency through projects in several academic disciplines.

Wilcox says another focus will be partnering with Phoenix Union High School District to transition high school graduates into the university with project-based degrees and a new mentoring initiative.

That initiative would feature mentoring by ASU students who recently attended high schools in the district.

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